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Drugs & Substance Abuse in the Criminal Justice System

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Drug-related arrests, convictions, and incarcerations continue to increase each year. The criminal justice system faces the problem of how to handle these high numbers of people with substance abuse and addiction issues flooding the system. As the opioid epidemic unfolds, correctional institutions are looking for best practices that they can use to help handle the ever growing demand for substance abuse and addiction treatment.

A special thanks goes to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for the photograph.


The following are a list of "top-shelf" resources that have been hand-picked by our library team about the impacts of Juvenile Justice in the criminal justice system. For ease of use we have broken down this vast topic into more specific categories for your convenience. Click on a subject heading below to browse all the recommended resources.